【A new concept of multidisciplinary training】Biotechnology has been around since the beginning of history. However, modern biotechnology allows scientists to study biological and biomedical sciences in the molecular levels with the state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. The phenomenal growth of biotechnology and related industry has now been achieved and the focus of biotechnology moves to the arena of products and processes. These aspects of modern biotechnology industry require multidisciplinary training in fundamental and applied sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, etc. Therefore, YZU set up a new program in 2003 to incorporate faculty members with various research interests and experiences related to biotechnology. The program also offers trainings of biological sciences to students at YZU in general.
【Feature of Development】 The graduate school offers MS program in biotechnology and engineering. There are 15 students enroll in the program every school year. Currently, the school has 5 faculty members and 6 adjunct members from the college of engineering and Far Eastern Memorial Hospital. Search for new faculty with backgrounds in biological sciences and bioprocessing engineering is underway. The school is located in Building II in the scenic Yuan Ze main campus with a total area of 750 m2, including biochemical engineering lab, microbial genetics and genomic lab, microbial physiology and biochemistry lab, instrumental laboratory, general biotechnology lab, cell culture room, bioprocess engineering and energy lab, plant physiology and culture lab and a main office.
【Research Features】 The College emphasizes on the teaching and research on fundamental as well as applied biological sciences and biotechnological processes and products. The laboratories in this school will offer an open and well-equipped environment to support all the bio-related researches at YZU. The school integrates the research strengths of the college of engineering and develop a strong collaboration program with R&D teams from the Far-Eastern Group. The school is now well-funded by several funding agents including National Science Council, Minister of Economics and many industry parties. In the past four years, the funding of this school has exceeded NT$ 45 millions. Through these activities, this school will become a unique center for bio-related programs in Taiwan.